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Planning a summer holiday to Malaga in Spain? Find out what to wear in Malaga with these eight essential items!
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What to Wear in Malaga
Written By: Angela Sterley
Summer is the perfect time to visit the coastal town of Malaga. Situated on the Mediterranean and located in the south of Spain, Malaga has notoriously hot summers.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:
- Capsule Wardrobe for Summer
- Top Summer Dresses Perfect for Europe
- Lightweight Jackets for Easy Layers
- Best Walking Shoes for Europe’s Cobblestone Streets
Whether you plan to spend a weekend in Malaga or a full vacation, you’ll enjoy your days wandering cathedrals and then bouncing from the beach to the tapas bar. It’s essential that you pack the right clothing to get the most out of your Spanish summer.
Here are a few key points on what to wear in Malaga in the summer:
Aerosoles Conchlusion | Naot Sabrina
Bringing a cute pair of comfortable sandals for wandering the streets is a must. Sandals will likely be a better option than walking shoes due to the heat, but a comfortable pair of closed-toed shoes are also a good option as an alternative.
Avoid flip flops for everyday wear as you’ll be doing a lot of walking and they are not commonly worn outside of the pool or beach.
Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too!
There’s nothing better on a hot day than jumping into a pool, so don’t forget your swimsuit! Even if your accommodation doesn’t come equipped with a pool, Malaga is located on the northwest of the Mediterranean and has multiple beaches along the coastline.
Here are the best swimwear trends of the season!
Lightweight, conservative clothing
One of the most common day trips from Malaga is taking the ferry to Morocco. If you plan to add this into your itinerary, it’s essential that you bring clothing that covers your shoulders and much of your legs and arms.
Showing too much skin can be seen as disrespectful in Morocco (though not the case in Spain) so it’s recommended not to wear anything too revealing. Covering up is also recommended by many when visiting cathedrals in Spain.
Read these tips on how to dress for conservative countries!
Though the south of Spain is very hot in the summer, you’ll still want to bring a light sweater for air conditioning or occasional cooler nights and mornings.
Heavier fabrics are not needed as the temperatures during the summer nights rarely drop uncomfortably low. A sweater will also be important if you plan to visit one of Malaga’s churches as you’re expected to cover up a bit while inside.
Find out why we love these lightweight jackets for summer travel!
Breathable tank tops
When planning what to wear in Malaga, you certainly won’t need layers of long sleeves during the hot summer. Tank tops are the perfect choice to stay cool while visiting the coastal city. Choose breathable fabrics such as linen while in the heat.
Linen clothing is perfect for summer and warm weather travel!
Shorts or skirts
Hot Mediterranean climates call for shorts, so don’t forget to pack a pair! A skirt is a great alternative to feel more dressed up or for transitioning from day to night. Choose lightweight fabrics and looser fits to be more comfortable in the heat.
These stylish summer shorts for women will take you from day to night, city to sea, and so much more!
For slightly lower temperatures at night, bring a pair of jeans or trousers. Long pants are also a good alternative to a dress for a nicer dinner or night out.
June tends to be slightly cooler than July and August so a longer pair of pants could be needed during the rare but occasional chillier day as well.
Take a look at the best pants for travel to various destinations!
Ruffle Sleeve Dress | Flowy Maxi Dress
One of the key pieces to bring to Malaga is a summer dress. It’s perfect for staying cool and to look put together while visiting churches. Bring a dress that can easily go from day to night to be ready for tapas at any moment!
Read this post for some stylish beach dresses that you can wear on and off the sand!
What are your tips on what to wear in Malaga in the summer? Please comment below!
For more packing tips, please visit these Europe Packing Lists:
- The Ultimate Packing Guide for Europe
- The Only Backpacking Packing List for Europe You’ll Ever Need!
- What to Pack for Galicia, Spain
- How to Pack for 2 Weeks in the Summer in Europe
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
- Lonely Planet Spain (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
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Author Bio: Angela Sterley is a Los Angeles-based travel and lifestyle blogger. She has a background in the fashion industry and is on a mission to explore all the world has to offer. Join her adventures on Destination Drifter and follow her on Instagram.
I love linen and your suggestions to cover up when in cathedrals and Morrocco. Any ideas for what to wear for late Spring?
Love this since my husband and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in Malaga.
This is timely for me as I will be in Malaga this August and September. Since most of my weekdays will be focused in the city taking a language course, I wonder if the vibe is a bit more dressy than it will be in the more touristy areas? Will spaghetti strap tops and sandals still be appropriate?